Excellent Walleye fishing was reported between Ruggles Reef and Vermilion in 35 to 40’ of water. There were no reports targeting walleye this past week from Cleveland to Conneaut due to the storms. The best spots to try are 14-16 miles northwest of Geneva in 72 feet, and 7-11 miles north-northwest of Ashtabula in 72 feet. Trollers have had success on deep diving crankbaits and worm harnesses with inline weights, along with dipsy or jet divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good when the weather permits in 28 feet northwest of Gordon Park, 38-42 feet north-northwest of Wildwood State Park, 45-50 feet northwest of Fairport, and 45-55 feet north-northwest of Conneaut. Perch spreaders or perch and crappie rigs with shiners fished as far up as 6 feet off the bottom have been producing the most fish.
Steelhead fishing from shore is picking up as fish begin to move up into the rivers and anglers are catching a few fish at the mouth and downstream locations in the Chagrin River, Grand River, Geneva State Park, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State Park), Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Shore anglers are using small spoons and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber. For the most current steelhead information visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx
White Bass fishing has been good from the shore at the Eastlake CEI pier. Anglers are using agitators with blue and silver spoons and jigs tipped with twister tails. Fish range from 7-11 inches. Boat anglers watch for the gulls feeding on the surface - these are usually good spots to try for white bass which are also feeding on the same schools of emerald shiners.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 57 degrees off of Toledo and 63 degrees off of Cleveland.